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FBI Investigating White Powder Letters Sent to Washington, D.C., Schools 

Stockbyte/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Suspicious letters containing white powder were sent Thursday to at least 20 public schools in Washington, D.C., triggering an investigation by the FBI and the Washington Fire Department.

"We've got 10 locations that we've responded to. We are in the process of collecting the letters. They'll be taking them to a certified state lab for testing," said Andrew Ames, spokesman for the FBI Washington Field Office.

At least four of the 10 schools that received the letters have been cleared. Elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district received the letters.

The first letter was reported at Terrell Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

Law enforcement sources told ABC Affiliate WJLA that all of the letters appeared to contain the same contents. Some were sent from Texas, WJLA reported.

The envelope sent to the School Without Walls stated "al quaida, fbi, usa" and was from North Dallas, Texas, WJLA reported.

None of the letters tested so far have been hazardous, Ames said. No one has reported any illness or injury.

The four schools that have been cleared are M.C. Terrell/McGogney Elementary School, Brown Middle School, Powell Elementary School and Martin Luther King Elementary School.

It's unclear if any schools were evacuated. Calls to D.C. Public Schools were not returned.

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Powder Scare at Houston Schools Treated as Terror Threat

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HOUSTON, TX) -- The F.B.I. has taken the lead in investigating powder-filled envelopes at several schools in Houston, Texas.  Seventeen schools have received the envelopes since Friday.   Preliminary testing shows the powder to be corn starch, but authorities are taking it very seriously, treating it as a terrorist threat.

The U.S. Postal Service is working to prevent similar packages from getting to more schools.  Sixteen of the seventeen schools that have received the standard, business-size envelopes have names beginning with the letters A and B.  That may suggest someone working through the alphabet and Houston Independent School District officials say they are checking with all the other schools. 

It will take two weeks to complete tests on the powder and if it can be determined where it came from and who sent it, federal charges could follow.  

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